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World Trump releases 'very nice' letter from Kim Jong Un

06:51  13 july  2018
06:51  13 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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After meeting with North Korean officials at the White House, President Trump said that the letter he received from Kim Jong Un was “ very nice .”

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US President Donald Trump once more signalled his optimism on Thursday about efforts to end the nuclear standoff with North Korea, as he took the extraordinary diplomatic step of tweeting out a letter from Kim Jong Un.

The four-paragraph letter -- an upbeat missive in which Kim voices hope in a "new future" and speaks of his "invariable trust" in Trump -- is dated July 6, the day Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in North Korea for what turned out to be acrimonious talks with Kim's regime.

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President Donald Trump Thursday released a letter from Kim Jong Un , in which the North Korean leader voices confidence in efforts to end their nuclear standoff, while calling on his US counterpart to take "practical actions" to build trust. "A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday again signaled optimism about efforts to end the nuclear standoff with North Korea, as he took the extraordinary diplomatic step of tweeting out a letter from Kim Jong Un .

"A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea," Trump tweeted alongside a copy of the letter. "Great progress being made!"

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump at the start of their historic summit last month© Provided by AFP North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump at the start of their historic summit last month Addressing Trump, Kim describes their June 12 summit in Singapore, and the resulting joint statement, as the "start of a meaningful journey."

"I firmly believe that the strong will, sincere efforts and unique approach of myself and Your Excellency Mr. President aimed at opening up a new future between the DPRK and the U.S. will sure surely come to fruition," Kim writes, according to the translation tweeted by the president.

"I deeply appreciate the energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr. President for the improvement of relations between the two countries and the faithful implementation of the joint statement," he adds.

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WASHINGTON, United States — US President Donald Trump Thursday released a letter from Kim Jong Un , in which the North Korean leader voices confidence in efforts to end their nuclear standoff, while calling on his US counterpart to take “practical actions” to build trust. “A very nice note from

U.S. President Donald Trump released on Twitter Thursday a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un . “A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea,” Trump said. “Great progress being made!”

Kim also voices hope "the invariable trust and confidence in Your Excellency Mr. President will be further strengthened in the future process of taking practical actions."

Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang for two days last week in a bid to flesh out denuclearization commitments made during last month's historic summit.

Speaking afterwards in Tokyo, Pompeo insisted the talks were making progress and were being conducted in "good faith."

But in stark contrast, Pyongyang's take was overwhelmingly negative, with the North warning that the future of the peace process was being jeopardized by "unilateral and gangster-like" US demands for its nuclear disarmament.

North Korea has long trumpeted a denuclearization goal, but one that it sees as a lengthy process of undefined multilateral disarmament on the entire Korean peninsula, rather than a unilateral dismantlement of its nuclear arsenal.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump at the start of their historic summit last month. "A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea," Trump tweeted alongside a copy of the letter . "Great progress being made!"

Addressing Trump , Kim describes their June 12 summit in Singapore, and the resulting joint statement, as the 'start of a meaningful journey' | Full story

- Illegal oil -

Pompeo has insisted that a raft of tough economic sanctions imposed on North Korea would remain in place until "final, fully verified denuclearization" occurs.

The UN Security Council in December adopted a new round of sanctions that severely restricted oil supplies vital for North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs© Provided by AFP The UN Security Council in December adopted a new round of sanctions that severely restricted oil supplies vital for North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs And even as Trump released Kim's note, the US was asking the UN Security Council to punish North Korea after finding that Pyongyang had violated restrictions on refined oil imports.

According to documents seen by AFP, the US sent a report to the UN sanctions committee that estimated at least 759,793 barrels of oil products had been delivered to North Korea between January 1 and May 30, well above the annual quota set at 500,000 barrels under a sanctions resolution adopted in December.

The illegal supplies were provided through ship-to-ship transfers at sea using North Korean tankers, according to the report.

The United States requested the UN sanctions committee to declare that North Korea had violated the UN-approved quota and "order an immediate halt to all transfers of refined petroleum products" to North Korea.

The committee was expected to take five days to consider the request, which China and Russia are expected to block.

- No show in remains transfer -

Separately, North Korean officials did not show up at planned talks with the US Thursday to discuss returning the remains of American soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War, according to a Yonhap report.

Returning the remains of the troops was part of the deal signed by Kim and Trump in Singapore.

Pompeo had said a Pentagon team would meet with the North's officials on or around Thursday at the inter-Korea border to discuss the repatriation.

A US official waited at the border truce village of Panmunjom but no North Korean official showed up, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said, citing a Seoul diplomatic source.

The Pentagon has shipped dozens of cases to Panmunjom in anticipation of receiving the remains of several US troops.

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